Looking for a Quiet Performance Tire?

A common complaint from many performance tire owners relates to noise. More specifically, the increase in noise over the life of the tires as they wear. The traditional directional tread patterns do have a propensity to get louder as they wear. This can really become an issue if uneven wear is introduced into the equation. Since directional tires can only be...  Read More

Tire Alternatives and Options for Your 2009 and Newer Honda Fit Sport

Time for new tires on your beloved Honda Fit Sport? The Original Equipment size of 185/55R16 offered two options, the Bridgestone Turanza EL470 and Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S. Regrettably, but not all that unusual for Original Equipment, they do not fare that well in our customer survey results. Looking for some other options? Then consider changing the tire...  Read More

Searching for the Best All-Season Tire for Snow

Some drivers have already experienced winter conditions this year, while for others, winter is quickly approaching. In fact, we've already had snow here in Indiana and more is on the way this weekend. The all-season tires you've been nursing along aren't going to cut it once the roads are covered with snow and ice. While nothing beats driving in the snow on...  Read More

Why You Need Winter / Snow Tires

Many people are not convinced of the advantages of winter / snow tires. With traction control, ABS, stability systems and all-wheel drive systems, some drivers think those are enough to get by when weather turns bad. There's no arguing that all of these help the driver, however none of them increase the amount of available traction. Anti-Lock BrakesAnti-lock...  Read More

Why Won't My Tires Work in the Snow?

A majority of drivers on the road utilize a single set of tires for year-round use. As the winter season is approaching, some will discover a severe lack of traction. Why is this? Let's start with the most surprising of possibilities, you could have a set of summer tires installed on your vehicle. This is a very popular set-up when purchasing a European...  Read More

The Best Performance All-Season Tire We Ever Tested?

The new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3, which replaces the Pilot Sport A/S Plus, has hit our test track and made quite an impression. Recently, we tested the tire against the Continental ExtremeContact DWS, Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season and Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position. Our test used the Y-speed rated model, however W-, H- and V-speed...  Read More

Buying Winter / Snow Tires and Wheels Can Save You Money

There is no question a dedicated winter / snow tire dramatically increases your vehicle's traction in snow and on ice. While it can be an investment to equip your vehicle with a winter set-up, it by no mean leads to a higher cost of ownership.First, two sets of tires will reduce the frequency of replacement since the mileage is divided amongst the sets of...  Read More

Steel Wheels for the Ford F-150

We have recently added a winter steel wheel option for the best-selling vehicle in America, the Ford F-150. We offer the wheel for many trim levels starting with 2004. In fact, we have two options for drivers to choose from for their F-150. Basic steel wheel   Black Rock 937 Type 8P Steel Black Painted The basic option is a plain steel wheel that you can pair...  Read More

Expanded Steel Wheel Offerings at Tire Rack

One of the most requested items during the colder months is steel wheels for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package. While we attempt to cover as much of the demand as possible, unfortunately as more new vehicles are standard equipped with alloy wheels, the availability of a steel wheel has become difficult over the years. There's some good news as we have...  Read More

What are the Different Types of Winter / Snow Tires?

When it comes to choosing your next set of winter / snow tires for a passenger vehicle, you'll choose an option from one of three performance categories. Studdable Winter / Snow - Tires in this category are designed to accept an optional metal stud to enhance ice traction. Drivers can run these tires without the studs and they tend to be a very good snow...  Read More

What Tire Pressure Should I Be Using?

An area of confusion for many of us is, "What's the correct air pressure for my tires?" Using the correct air pressure delivers many benefits, including performance and fuel economy. During the rotation of the tire, heat is generated, especially when the leading edge of the tread makes initial contact with the road (deflection). Having too much deflection,...  Read More

I Just Blew Out a Tire on My AWD Vehicle, Do I Have to Replace All Four Tires?

All-wheel drive vehicles offer advantages for traction especially in wet and snowy conditions over traditional two-wheel drive models. Unfortunately, since all four wheels are connected, a single blow out or non-repairable puncture can become an expensive proposition. When you install a new full tread depth tire with other tiresthat have less than the new,...  Read More

I Have a Staggered Vehicle, Can I Go Back to a Square Set-Up?

The industry's trend of offering vehicles with different size tires in the front and rear (staggered) continues. This can be a frustration point for some unsuspecting consumers. First, tire choices can be fewer than hoped when trying to find two different sizes that match in the same brand. Second, prices on the larger rear pair can be more than expected....  Read More

Are You Looking to Graduate from Your BMW Run-Flat Tires?

BMW has a long standing preference of equipping their vehicles with run-flat tires. The benefit of not being stuck on the side of the road with a flat is attractive to a few people. However, the majority feel there may be a compromise in ride quality, noise levels and performance. Is moving away from run-flats right for you? Since most vehicles with run-flats...  Read More

17" Alternate Size for the Dodge Journey

Is your Dodge Journey equipped with 19" tires? Then take a look at alternate sizing options by reading "Tire Alternatives and Options for Your Dodge Journey." Since I wrote that blog post, I have been asked about different tire size options for the 225/65R17-equipped Journey. For this particular model, I would suggest looking at 235/65R17 as an optional size....  Read More

Tire Aging: How Old is Too Old?

The life span of a tire can vary greatly depending on how it is used. Contrary to popular belief, infrequently used tires can result in a shorter life than one that is used daily. As such, I frequently speak with people with low-mileage tires that need to be replaced. Of course they are disappointed, as most people relate tire life to number of miles driven....  Read More

Finding the Best Brake Rotors

We offer a number of rotor options, including plain, slotted and drilled. Take a look at the differences between each option and determine which style is right for your vehicle. Most vehicles come with a plain rotor from the factory. If you have been happy with the performance of your factory brakes, take a look at the product line from Centric. Their rotors...  Read More

What Are the Best Replacement Tires and Size for the Honda Fit Sport?

Time for new tires on your beloved Honda Fit Sport? The Original Equipment tires in the 185/55R16 size were available with two options, the Bridgestone Turanza EL470 and Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S. These tires, however, didn't fare all that well in our customer survey results. With that in mind, consider the following offerings in the 205/50R16 size. This...  Read More

In Search of the Best All-Season Tires

Everyone has their own list of important attributes when it comes to selecting the right all-season tire. For example, some drivers prefer longer treadlife, while another thinks ride quality is the most important. Also, when talking to customers about all-season tires, most put extra emphasis on the winter season component. If you prefer using one set of...  Read More

Michelin Once Again Dominates the One Lap of America in 2013

Tire Rack is proud to have continued our title sponsorship of this year's One Lap of America event. One Lap consists of 17 timed events over 8 days. In total, competitors traveled over 3,400 in just over a week. It is a true test of endurance and performance For the third year in a row, the overall winner's vehicle was equipped with the Michelin Pilot Super...  Read More